When should you paint the exterior of your home? It’s (finally) spring which means homeowners are starting to think about their outdoor projects. Whether you’re looking to update your curb appeal or if your home is in some serious need of some TLC, a fresh paint job can do the trick.

Updating your exterior paint not only gives your home a beautiful, fresh new look, but it also protects your home from the elements. Exterior paint prevents moisture from seeping into your home, seals your exterior, prevents your home from sun damage, and also helps keep out pests that can creep in through deteriorating home materials.

When should you paint your exterior?

Watch the temperature

While it used to be a pretty strict rule that you should only paint when the temperature is between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, paint technologies have improved to increase that range of some paints to between 35 and 90 degrees. Keep in mind, however, that this is should be the temperature not only during the day while you’re painting, but also the temperature at nighttime when the paint is drying. Check the can when you are buying, or ask for a store representative for the temperature range for proper application.

Keep fluctuations in mind

Even if you’re between the designated temperature range, it’s important to keep in mind the temperature fluctuations of your area. If it’s nearing the top of the range during the day but dips to much lower temperatures at night, you might want to hold off. Remember that the paint while drying will expand or contract based on the temperature at the time, so the less the fluctuation, the less pulling the paint will do on the surface, and the more secure the adhesion will be.

Stay away from moisture

A moist surface means poor adhesion, flaking and bubbling. Make sure to wait at least 24 hours before painting your home’s exterior. Moisture is more than just rain, though — also keep an eye on the dewpoint when you’re trying to decide when you should paint your exterior, as this can also affect adhesion. Keep in mind that this includes not only the time of application, but drying time as well.

Paint in the shade

For proper adhesion and a smooth finish, paint on a day when the sun is covered by clouds. This will help paint from curing too quickly, which makes for a stronger and more secure bond. No cloudy days in sight? That’s okay! Just paint following the shade on your home to avoid applying paint under direct sunlight.

Still not sure when you should paint your exterior? Call our local Jones Paint & Glass exterior painting experts!